MakerFaire Pittsburgh was really big. With about 200 makers and a few thousand attendees, the event was a success. Makers and volunteers get free entry into the event. Organized at Nova Place in Pittsburgh, the venue was enormous. It even spilled over into some nearby buildings.
Being in the very first volunteering timeslot, we had the task of setting up the venue just right. Ensuring people are being ticketed at appropriate places, setting up the workshop and speaker areas and spreading word around the neighbourhood. It was fun. By the time my shift ended, the Makerfaire was alive!
The speaker lineup was impressive and the workshops were useful too. There was no way I could cover everything in the one day I planned on going to Makerfaire. Just talking to the makers had me exhausted by the end of the day.
10⁄10 would go again. 11⁄10 if I go as a maker.
Some noteworthy shoutouts
- The great American horn machine
- SimSim - the IoT deadbolt
- The US version of Indian auto rickshaws
- makerj101 on youtube - making engines from scratch
- Rexkit - DIY cardboard dinosaurs
- A life-size working R2D2 that bloops and runs around
- The 6th grader who makes quadcoptors from scratch